To confiscate something is to take it away from someone. The government can confiscate weapons or drugs that they believe are dangerous.

  • The police confiscated all of the drugs from the party.

  • The government is confiscating all of the weapons from the city.

Definition of confiscate


take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority


attach, impound, seize, sequester


surrendered as a penalty


forfeit, forfeited

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Example Sentences for confiscate

  • 1

    It is illegal to confiscate.

  • 2

    The people confiscated the money.

  • 3

    The property of the Hindus was confiscated.

  • 4

    They were to confiscate the property.

  • 5

    The estate was confiscated and passeed to the Montgomeries.

  • 6

    The estates were confiscated by the crown.

  • 7

    The newspaper edition was confiscated by the authorities.

  • 8

    The people confiscated what they have.

  • 9

    They should not have confiscated their belongings.

  • 10

    No doubt it will continue to mismanage the confiscated money.